Gel Polish Removal
Gel polish, commonly used in popular manicure techniques, can be quite challenging to remove. Finding the right way to remove this material without damaging your nails is a common concern among those who appreciate its super-strong coating.
You can find numerous tips online on how to remove gel polish at home. While it's certainly possible to do it yourself with some practice, it often ends up causing more harm than good to your nails.
At our salon, we offer a quick and nail-friendly professional gel polish removal service using specialized equipment.
Types of Professional Gel Polish Removal
Currently, there are two main methods for removing gel polish: acetone dissolving and machine-assisted (using a special drill). Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Let's go through both procedures step by step.
Removing gel polish with an acetone-based solvent is more complicated than removing regular nail polish. Gel polish needs to be softened. A cotton pad soaked in the solvent is applied to each nail, and then each finger is wrapped in foil and left for 10-15 minutes. Some professionals use special plastic caps instead of foil to secure the cotton pads, preventing them from slipping.
Afterward, the softened gel polish is gently removed by the master, and the nails are treated with oil after filing and buffing. However, there's one drawback: due to prolonged contact with the acetone, skin irritation, redness, and discomfort can often occur.
This method can only be performed by an experienced master. Initially, the process with a buzzing drill may cause apprehension and unpleasant associations with a dental drill. However, with high-quality equipment, such as a powerful milling machine and an integrated vacuum cleaner, the gel polish removal from all nails takes no more than 15 minutes.
Because the above-mentioned gel polish removal methods have their noticeable drawbacks, experienced professionals often use a combined method, which includes the following steps:
- Grinding off the top layer with milling attachments.
- Dissolving or removing the lower layer with a gentler attachment (in case of acetone intolerance).
With this approach, the risk of damaging the nail plate is minimal. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that, for the health of your nails, you shouldn't change your gel polish too frequently. The recommendation from our salon's experts is not more than once a month. This way, your hands will always look well-groomed and beautiful.